by Tara Kimball
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If your Montero Sport has had trouble starting or won’t start at all, you may have a faulty starter. If you suspect that your starter motor may be to blame for your problems, you can have it tested at most auto parts retailers once you’ve removed it from the car. Replacing the starter requires a few simple hand tools and a torque wrench. If you don’t have a torque wrench, many auto parts retailers rent one. You can purchase a starter for your Montero from an auto parts retailer, a Mitsubishi dealer, or a salvage depot.
Removing the old starter motor
Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery terminal with a wrench. Set the battery cable aside so that it does not come into contact with the battery while you are working.
Raise the front of your Montero high enough to be able to work comfortably under it. Secure the front of the vehicle on jack stands.
Remove the electrical connection from the BAT terminal on the rear of the starter solenoid. This is a red wire with a ring connector and is secured to the back of the starter solenoid with a nut. Use a wrench to remove the nut and remove the connector from the terminal.
Unplug the starter solenoid wire harness connection. The wiring harness should easily disconnect if you pull it out.
Remove the upper and lower mounting bolts from the starter. The bolts are fed from the drive side of the bell. Use a wrench to remove the bolts and set them aside. Remove the starter motor from the vehicle and set it aside as well.
Installing the new starter
Position the new starter in the same orientation as the old one. Secure with the upper and lower mounting bolts. Pass the bolts from the drive side and tighten to the manufacturer’s specifications with a torque wrench.
Plug the wiring harness connection back into the starter solenoid. It should snap into place when fully seated.
Reconnect the electrical connection to the BAT terminal and secure with the nut. Tighten the nut with a wrench.
Raise the Montero high enough to remove the jack stands from under the vehicle. Return the truck to the ground. Reconnect the negative battery cable, tightening it with a wrench.
Start the truck to check the operation of your new starter motor.
Articles will need
- Jack stands up
- Torque wrench